Spare a thought for the humble, mono laser printer. Colour inkjet all-in-ones seem to get all the development money these days, so how can a mono laser compete? The answer seems to be more of the same, as small business and small workgroup lasers get a bit quicker and a bit more economical to run. This ML-2855DN is Samsung's latest mid-range release.
Despite its impressive specification, the ML-2855ND is a very compact machine, with an impressively low profile. Its top surface is largely filled with an inset output tray, but there's also a small, flip-over paper stop that you won't need to use for A4 paper, and a simple control panel.
This comprises a 16-character by 2-line, backlit LCD display, a dished ring of menu controls, with an OK button at the centre and an attractive blue LED ring on the outside, along with a Cancel button and a status light. Simple controls, but all you need for this style of machine.
At the bottom of the front panel is a 250-sheet paper tray - a second tray of the same capacity is available as an option - and a fold down 50-sheet multipurpose tray. It's good to have a secondary tray which can take more than a single sheet. Data sockets at the rear comprise USB 2.0 and Ethernet, both of which are standard.
Pull down the whole of the front panel and you have access to the integrated drum and toner cartridge. This is not one of those cartridges where a toner cartridge clips onto a drum carrier, but the integrated cartridge has a life of either 2,000 or 5,000 pages, depending on model. Installation is simple, as the cartridge slides horizontally into the printer and locates positively at the end of its travel.
You get both Postscript Level 3 and PCL 6 drivers, so this printer works fine in either environment. There's little software other than this, except for a simple status monitoring applet. Samsung supplies drivers for Windows from 2000 on, Mac OS8, OS9 and OSX from 10.1 and several incarnations of Linux, including Red Hat 8-9, Fedora Core 1-4, SuSE 8.2-9.2.